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RTR Chairman: rout taxi handover to Rīgas Satiksme is the only alternative

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On December 7, the Deputies of Riga City Council Traffic and Transport Committee approved route taxi handover to the Municipality’s company SIA Rīgas satiksme.

Rīgas Taksometru parks (RTP) Chairman Leopolds Muiznieks (Muižnieks) specified in an interview to the business portal BNN that the handover of Council’s route taxi transport to Rīgas satiksme is the only alternative to adjust the passenger traffic in Latvia to the European Parliament and Council regulations. Moreover, Latvia already had the longest transitional period, namely, until the end of 2011, when these changes are to be implemented. Therefore, talks that the decision is adopted too fast are out of place.

Constant, controlled competition should be ensured for transport operations, and since the organisation of an international tender and risk of loosing it is not beneficial for Riga’s residents, who have invested their money in the Municipality, and for Riga City Council, who has procured new transport units, the management will use the opportunity to conclude sublease contract on the carriage of passengers with Rīgas Satiksme, Muiznieks informed.

As regards the price, it would be unreasonable to forecast any price schemes. In any case, the ticket fee is dependent on the fuel price, and the current situation shows that the cost of fuel is rising, RTP Chairman pointed out.

It is planned to pass over all Riga public transport system organisation, including traffic in route taxi network, from January 1, 2012 – the existing contracts of Riga City Council with private companies on passenger carriage by route taxis will expire on December 31, next year, and they will not be extended anymore, reports LETA.

At the same time, changes are also set to take place in city’s whole public transport system.

A concept has been developed for the public transport organization in Riga, which provides that Rīgas satiksme could take over passenger route taxis, and will have the authorization to conclude agreements on the route taxi services.


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    What impact will this have on the prices of tickets?

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